A rumor yesterday has been shot down this morning. That rumor? That “Call Me By Your Name” and “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” star Armie Hammer was in “advanced talks” to play Bruce Wayne/Batman in Matt Reeves’ upcoming “The Batman” film.
Revenge of the Fans posted the story which goes into the long-rumored list of practically every major actor under 40 currently working in Hollywood including Jack O’Connell, Richard Madden, Kit Harington, Dylan O’Brien, Nic Hoult and Ansel Elgort.
Hammer is understandably on the top of many people’s wish lists to take on the role – age, physicality, acting chops, and background all fit. Of course there’s also the fact that he was cast in the role and went as far as costume tests for it, over a decade ago, in George Miller’s scrapped “Justice League Mortal” project.
However the casting rumors? Untrue. Variety’s Justin Kroll and THR’s Borys Kit have both shot down the report. Kroll says: “Yeah, that BATMAN rumor is false. That said, potential for this week to be very interesting on a number fronts. Sleep tight.”
Kit adds: “I’m not in the business of debunking bunk but considering everyone got in a tizzy over this…there is no truth to the below. Being told there haven’t even been any actor meetings for The Batman. (But that doesn’t mean Reeves and WB don’t have ideas of who they would like).”
That’s not all as Hammer himself shot down the report, telling Yahoo UK: “No one who can actually give me the job has asked me if I’m interested. I don’t even know if they are done – they are still working on a script.”
The rumor shutdown comes as “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” director Zack Snyder has issued a message on his Vero social media page thanking the departing Ben Affleck for his work in the role. Snyder says:
“There was a time above… a time before… there were perfect things… diamond absolutes. But things fall… things on earth. And what falls… is fallen. In the dream, it took me to the light. A beautiful lie… Best Batman ever. Thank you my friend for blessing me with that f–king glorious chin and an amazing heart.”
Matt Reeves’ “The Batman” is currently slated for a June 2021 release.